We took the free (to pedestrians) ferry over to Algiers. The ferries go from the New Orleans side (east) on the hour and half hour. They go from the Algiers side (west) on the quarter hour and quarter of the hour. We were on our way to visit Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World. There was also a free bus to Mardi Gras World
We didn't actually take the tour because we thought it was too expensive.
The price was
Children 11 and under: $7.25
Student with college or high school ID $11.00
[All tours include free King Cake & Coffee]
The tour starts with a movie.
Doors open: 9:30 a.m. Last Tour: 4:30 p.m
If you are unable to attend Mardi Gras or just want to see what happens behind the scenes, Blaine Kerns Mardi Gras Museum will give you a good introduction to the world of Mardi Gras. To start, you will watch a 15- to 20-minute movie about the history of Mardi Gras. After the movie, you are directed around the museum while you sample some king cake and beverages. After the tour, you are free to walk around and see more amazing floats and props of all sizes. You will also get to see artists, painters, and sculptors at work, building floats for next year. To get here, you take a free ferry.
If you head down to Canal Street where it meets the river, you'll notice the Canal Street Ferry which is free to all foot passengers. It's worth hopping onboard and making the five minute trip to Algiers on the other side of the Mississippi. I didn't spend much time there, except to take a few pictures of New Orleans from the opposite riverbank.